Sunday (January 2nd) was one of the "most glorious" days in the history of Sudan.?
Sunday (January 2nd) was one of the "most glorious" days in the history of Sudan. The words came from President Jaafar El-Nimeiry at the inaugural session of the Sudan Socialist Union, the country's only political organisation. He declared that the country was entering a phase of democratic construction and that they revolution was proceeding to place authority in the hands of the people.
Visnews cameraman Gabara Gadalla covered President Nimeiry's appearance at the session in Khartoum. The Sudanese leader was accompanied by Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia who was making his fifth state visit to the Sudan. There is also coverage of the two leaders at an earlier open-air rally, attended by 40,000 people in Wad Medani.
SYNOPSIS: Impressive student tableaux greeted Ethiopia's Emperor Haile Selassie, when he accompanied Sudanese President Jaafar El-Nimeiry to a rally at Wad Medani, Sudan, on Sunday. The Emperor was making his fifth visit to Sudan -- "It's like coming home," he said on arrival, adding that relations between the two countries were deep-rooted and tested by time. Later in the day, the two leaders were to have talks on bilateral relations and on African affairs, especially the recent settlement between Britain and Rhodesia.
The Emperor had timed his visit at an important moment in the history of Sudan. President Nimeiry was later to announce that Sunday would go down as one of the country's "most glorious" days.
The occasion for that comment was here at the inaugural session of the Sudan Socialist Union -- the country's only political organisation. President Nimeiry, again accompanied by the Emperor told the nine-hundred delegates that the people are now entering a phase of democratic change when increased authority will be placed in their hands. He explained that the revolution had decided to set up the Socialist Union, rather than a party system, because parties tended to serve the interests of a few isolated groups. At the session, Union members endorsed the first part of Sudan's new national charter.